Fire performance is a form of expression of art that involves the use of fire and fire tools as a prop. The performance may use any device which is designed by them or customize by them to last long enough to last till the art form is displayed in front of the audience.
The performers use the fire eater in conjunction with several other forms of skills like twirling the props, juggling the inflammable prop and also spinning the object that is holding the fire. The performers may also show additional death defying skills such as breathing fire, eating fire and even torching themselves or any part of their bodies with live flames or running burning fire over their bodies and show anti burning skills.
The set of skills which exhibits resistance to any kind of hot material or fire itself is also called the “fakir skills” as it is assumed that the body has reached a proficient level of taming the flame to be not able to harm it.
Fire dance in all its beauty:
The enigmatic combination of dance and fire is celebrated in almost all the cultures of the world where traditional art has the use of fire in its various customary and modern forms of expression. The use of fire itself is so awe inspiring and beautiful that it leaves the audiences gaping and asking for more.
Safety measures are a must:
The art warranties a lot of discipline from its proponents and performers. A lot of fire safety measures have to be mandatorily followed whenever a fire performance is in the pipeline. Even if the fire dancers do not make use of music, it still evinces a lot of interest and enthusiasm from their audience. Fire dancers across the globe will endorse the fact themselves that they have hardly had an empty shows. The halls where fire performers are due to perform are jam packed with the audiences expectations always met in full.
Fire dance origins across the civilizations of the world:
For the Aztecs, fire dance was ceremonial and always practiced in trance like ritual performed for their goddess of fire. The goddess of fire is also the god of death and responsible for the all sources of heat and light including the sun. The goddess is also venerated by the Mayans and the other indigenous tribes of the world as the goddess responsible for all sources of life on earth as rightly attributable because life on earth is possible only because of the sun’s heat and light.
The Balinese tradition is also steeped in appeasing their sun god with a ritualistic dance with fire. The men and women form a circle and dance to drum beats. The festival which commemorates the beginning of the harvest season is for thanking the Gods for a bountiful harvest.
Horse dance by the Mayan tribal
The Mayans also have been doing fire dance from centuries. The men dance with a long stick which is a symbolic representation of a horse. The horse dance involves stunts and dare devilry with fire sticks and batons.
The other places where the fire dance is ritualistically practiced is
It is believed that in ancient French Polynesia and the adjoining areas the fire dance was ceremoniously practiced to ward away the effects of evil and black magic. Witchcraft and epidemics were believed to be ward away by fiercely dancing in a trance with fire.
In India, in the northwestern regions, the dancers from the Jat community are well known fire dancers. The fire dance is an offering to the Gods at the onset of the spring season. The dancers dance rhythmically to drum beats and other indigenous thumping music.
As an arrangement for the dance a deep pit is dug and coal is burned. When the pit is really hot and the coal is fiercely burning the Jat men jump in and out of the fire pit bare feet and in the process create burning ember sparks with their feet. The women on the other hand do a graceful dance with a pot of burning ember on their heads and a fire baton each in their hands. The fire dance is done around the idol of their local deity or the harvest kept around in a mound. Today, even though a lot of the customary dance forms are losing patronage because there are not many who follow and keep the art alive, still the fire dance has survived the travails of time. The northern parts of India have sizeable population who practice this art.
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The art warranties a lot of discipline from its proponents and performers. A lot of fire safety measures have to be mandatorily followed whenever a fire performance is in the pipeline
The enigmatic combination of dance and fire is celebrated in almost all the cultures of the world where traditional art has the use of fire in its various customary and modern forms of expression